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Criminal Law: Sex Offender Registration – No Address – North Dakota Law

Where the North Dakota Supreme Court interpreted the state’s sex offender registration statute to apply to sex offenders even when they do not have a permanent or mailing address, the court’s interpretation was not an unforeseen and retroactive expansion of narrow and precise statutory language, so the district court properly denied the petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

Judgment is affirmed.

Meador v. Branson (MLW No. 64070/Case No. 11-3088 – 10 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Melloy, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, Hovland, J.  (Steven R. Morrison, Grand Forks, North Dakota, argued for appellant) (Jonathan Ray Byers, Bismarck, North Dakota, argued for appellee; Ken R. Sorenson appeared on the brief).

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